Grant Naylor

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Grant Naylor Productions
TypeTelevision production company
FoundersRob Grant
Doug Naylor
United Kingdom
Key people
Doug Naylor, Rob Grant[1]
ProductsRed Dwarf, The 10%ers

Grant Naylor was the collective name used by writers Rob Grant and Doug Naylor for their collaborative work, including the television series Red Dwarf. Grant and Naylor themselves called this pseudonym a "gestalt entity" (i.e., something which is greater than the sum of its parts).

The collaboration began in the mid-1980s, when the duo co-wrote BBC Radio 4 programmes such as Cliché and its sequel Son of Cliché, and television programmes such as the British satire Spitting Image, office-based comedy The 10%ers, and various projects for Jasper Carrott. The pair are also credited with writing the lyrics to "The Chicken Song" and a number of other musical parodies for Spitting Image.

The 'Grant Naylor' collaboration, as it had become known, created the cult science-fiction comedy series Red Dwarf. Later episodes of Red Dwarf were made by a company named after this pseudonym, Grant Naylor Productions.

In the mid-1990s, after Series VI of Red Dwarf, Grant left the show, ending the collaboration between Grant and Naylor, but Grant Naylor Productions continued.

Later series of Red Dwarf were written by Naylor, sometimes in collaboration with other writers, particularly on series 7.

After the end of the eighth series of Red Dwarf in 1999, Grant Naylor Productions (under Doug Naylor) attempted to make a feature-length movie version of the series.[2] However, it proved impossible to find sufficient funding. Instead, a new three-part television miniseries, Red Dwarf: Back to Earth, was created and shown on channel Dave over the Easter weekend in April 2009. Since then, Grant Naylor Productions has created Red Dwarf X, broadcast in 2012; Red Dwarf XI, broadcast on Dave in 2016; Red Dwarf XII, which was shot back-to-back with XI and broadcast in 2017; and a 2020 telemovie.


  2. ^ "Red Dwarf The movie". Archived from the original on 4 February 2008. Retrieved 7 February 2008.